Jane’s legacy continues with latest grant round

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal has donated over £55,000 to charities across the North and the Midlands this April.

The charity is part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised £1.85m for children's and cancer charities before her death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. In its history the Appeal has raised over £7.6m and made a big difference to hundreds of causes across the country through its grant making programme

This April, the charities receiving funds in the latest round of grant-giving were:

  • Brainstrust

  • Cancer Hep (Preston)

  • Forget Me Not Children's Hospice

  • Hull Children's University

  • Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

  • Lymphoma Association

  • Noah's Ark Counselling Service

  • Shine

  • The Sick Children's Trust


  • Star Bereavement Wakefield


Kate Steele, Chief Executive of the Peterborough based Shine - spina bifida and hydrocephalus charity reacted to the news of their grant. "Shine are really pleased to have been awarded funding through the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. This will enable us to provide early years support groups for families with babies and young children with spina bifida/hydrocephalus in Bradford. Thank you for supporting our work"

Samantha Lambert of SNAPS, a Leeds based group providing leisure support services for children with special needs of all kinds, and their families, said  "We are delighted to receive support from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. The grant will go towards starting our new Saturday trampolining club at Broomfield School, South Leeds."

"The club is aimed at supporting disabled children and their families to experience exciting new activities which they might otherwise be excluded from. The grant will enable us to employ a paediatric physiotherapist and a support worker to ensure everyone, regardless of disability gets to have a bounce. This support will give lots of pleasure to very deserving young people, it is very, very much appreciated." SNAPS Rebound project featured in photography above.

Simon Brook, Commercial Director at Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Huddersfield commented "The recent donation from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal will enable purchase of a mobile hoist so all the children cared for in the Hospice can access all parts of the facility, regardless of physical mobility.  It is through partnerships like this that enable Forget Me Not Children's Hospice to keep innovating and developing its service provision."

With grants being made across Yorkshire, Hull, Peterborough and even Preston this is one of the most far reaching grant rounds yet. Kate Goldring, Appeal Manager was delighted to share the news with the successful applicants. "Unfortunately we always have to say no to many great organisations as we receive so many applications for funding. Saying yes and sharing that news with some fantastic organisations is the best part of the job. We look forward to seeing the impact of the grants over the next 12 months and will share this news with the incredible fundraisers that make all of this possible, a massive thank you to all of our supporters."

Each year the Jane Tomlinson Appeal holds two grant rounds, the next being held in October. Visit our grants pages to find out more.